SUNDAY HERALD COLUMN – November 14, 2010
Are there any adults in the house? Is there anyone out there who can read and write and do simple arithmetic, and who has an attention span longer than that of a butterfly?
That’s my grumpy reaction after watching the latest wave of elections.
Last month I mentioned a major rearrangement of this site, getting rid of various mailing lists, newsletters and blogs, concentrating all of our efforts here and making this my my only blog, and I’ll post every Sunday’s column here, even if it’s not particularly environmental in character.
A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a column about the debate over the future of the forest here in Nova Scotia — which is, I think, pretty much the same debate you’d see anywhere else. Industry wants to clear-cut the forests, and people with a longer-term view want to use the woodlands in a sustainable way.
This is my column in the Halifax Sunday Herald for October 17, 2010. It may seem pretty local, because it’s about forest practices in Nova Scotia, and the debate currently raging here about the future of the forests — but it applies in many other places around the world.
An old friend sent me a video — Declan Galbraith, aged 13, singing an inspirational song that he’d written and performed in 2002. I’d never seen it before, and I thought it was astonishing and inspiring. If ever you ask yourself why we keep trying to resolve these huge problems even though people our age — my age anyway — aren’t going to be around all that long, a performance like this ought to galvanize you.
I haven’t been posting nearly often enough on this blog. I have excuses, but who cares? But I want to post much more often in the future.
One reason for the lapse is that I’ve been promoting my new book, A Million Futures (www.amillionfutures.com), largely on radio stations right across Canada.
At its best, British humour — the Monty Python dead parrot sketch, for instance — is almost unbearably funny. At its worst, British humour is flat, vulgar, and nasty. An example of that? The video recently released by 10:10.org, under the title “No Pressure” or “There Will Be Blood.”
In the video, climate-change evangelists urge groups of school children, football players and office workers to pledge that they will reduce their carbon footprints.
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The valleys of the Interior of British Columbia are like slashes in the earth’s skin — deep, steep, dramatic, falling precipitously into dark, narrow lakes. The landscape looks like frozen violence, the product of a time when tectonic plates collided, their edges crumpling and folding under the unimaginable force of crustal jockeying.
Here’s a Sunday Herald column (published today)based on a recently-recorded Green Interview with Ronald Wright. The full-length interview will be posted on The Green Interview site later this year.
RONALD WRIGHT: PROGRESS TRAPS
September 5, 2010
"Archaeology is the best tool for looking ahead,” says Ronald Wright.